Saturday, 10 November 2012

Freshly made Sketches #60 and CCMC226

2012 Create Thursday-006
It is well and truly time I participated in some challenges, and Freshly Made and Create with Connie and Mary are two of my favourites. It is worth your while to click on those links and take a look at all the wonderful inspiration there.

I needed a card for my darling husband's birthday tomorrow. Now, we have reached that lovely stage of life where we don't want much in the way of gifts, a happy family and pleasant companions are all you really need to travel through life comfortably, we have decided. So, his gift is quite a small one, a milk frother for his espresso coffee. (It probably has a much more technical name, LOL).

With that in mind, I turned to one of my favourite stamp sets from the Holiday catalogue, Scentsational Season and the Holiday Collection framelits to do a nice, neat cut. I textured the Cajun Craze card with the NEW Argyle Embossing Folder. The card has a folded piece of First Editions DSP for his morning paper tucked behind the Midnight Muse coffee mug. I used a doiley cut on the Big Shot from More Mustard card with the  NEW Delicate Doilies Sizzlet and added some banners to ground it cut from Comfort Cafè DSP.  Bitty Banners stamp set and Bitty Banners Framelits provided the "Happy Birthday" greeting.

You probably noticed already that I rotated the sketch for this card, no-one minds if you do that.

And just a little peek inside before I write in it, I inked up two of the stamps from a NEW set called From My Heart.  The big one says "The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time. James Taylor" and it is followed by another 'Happy Birthday" and there is some more of the First Editions DSP. I'm so glad Stampin' Up kept that for a second year, I seem to be using it a lot.

 now before I sign off just a reminder about the great offers that Stampin' Up has for all of us this month.

Stampin' Up! has  TWO fabulous promotions for the month of November, and going into December - I'm so excited about them!

Retail Value
Special Price
Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
Firstly there's the FREE Paper Piercing Pack when you purchase the Keepsakes Ornament and Candlelight Christmas Bundle -if you haven't purchased the stamp set and framelits yet and you're dying to try making the ornament on the cover of the Holiday catalogue- doesn't this entice you just a little more? Either wood or clear mount stamps, patterned paper and paper piercing templates or stamps, dies, patterned paper and paper piercing. It certainly has encouraged me to invest some more money in my hobby.

So while we think about that, for orders of $650 you can participate in the next offer from Stampin' Up. Now, I wouldn't suggest that one person would want to spend all that in one go, (although you're welcome to if you wish!) but you can show your catalogue around to friends and take orders to submit together or you can add your order to my group order. It needs to have been submitted by approximately 11.50pm on Friday, November 30th ( please don't leave it that late if you're thinking about participating!)

Be part of my group order.
For those people who like to place individual orders with me, you can still get some great freebies. I need 5 people to place a $130 order each and I will submit it as a virtual workshop order. Each person who submits an order will get:
  •  2 free ink pads, I am starting with Brights.
  •  $20 free product of your choice
  • One person can buy any item from either catalogue at 50% off!
This a great opportunity to get some FREE products

I will be submitting my personal order on Tuesday 20/11/2012 if you want to join into that one.


What could be more INK-CREDIBLE than FREE Stampin' Up! Classic Ink pads - a whole family worth? Well, on top of our normal, very generous hostess benefits, Stampin' Up! are offering a whole colour family (that's TEN inkpads) to hostesses of qualifying parties, of $650.00 - Neutrals NOT here for more details.

So if you are interested in any of these fab. promos, and you live anywhere in Australia, feel free to contact me on 0417 500 681 or email me to place your order. You can pay with credit card or direct deposit to my bank account, or cash if you see me in person. Orders can be delivered direct to your mailing address (takes approximately 10-14 days).
 Stampin Up charge 5% of order value for shipping, or minimum of $5.95.
Those of you who purchase from ebay know that $5.95 shipping for around $118.00 of product is a pretty good deal!!!

Happy stamping everyone,


  1. Your card is just awesome .... I love the colours and I love how you flipped the sketch ... great job!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  2. This is really cute!! I love the newspaper and coffee (or espresso)!! Too clever!! These colors are perfect for a great masculine card like this! And the way you decorated the inside is perfect! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. Great card Rachel! I love your take on the sketch and I LOVE that newspaper!! Great colours! Love the layers! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  4. The colors and the sketch worked perfectly together to create this warm vibrant card!

  5. Your card is beautiful and worked well with the chosen sketch.I just love the doily layer! Thanks for sharing with us at Create with Connie & Mary this week!

  6. Very cute card! I love your little newspaper! Thanks for playing along with us at Create with Connie and Mary!

  7. Oh how the newspaper! Very clever! Perfect set for the color scheme! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  8. It's all about the details! LOVE how you put the 'newspaper' in there with your cup of coffee... wonderful little detail that just makes a difference! Thanks so much for playing along in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  9. What a cute, cute card! The addition of the newspaper makes it extra special!


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